British Met Office accused of incompetency

Funny story written by IainB

Thursday, 16 July 2009

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No rain forecast - best take your brolly

Accusations have been pointed at the British Met Office for inability to predict the weather now, never mind for tomorrow.

Claims that predicting the weather is complicated are ridiculed by meteorologists from the rest of the world who quite often provide accurate forecasts for up to two weeks ahead. By contrast the met office in the UK have successfully predicted the weather correctly just five days out of the whole of 2009 to the end of June, an accuracy of less than ten percent.

Frank Fogg of the Amateur Meteorologist Society thinks that this is unacceptable. "If you were just going to guess, you'd get it right twenty-five percent of the time, I reckon. At least, I do. Not that I guess, I use highly scientific frog entrails."

Richard Snow, chief meteorologist at Greenwich was scathing over the attacks. "The British Weather is notoriously unpredictable. What do they expect us to do?"

"I'd expect them to get it right," said Jimmy Raines of Berkshire, who looked ridiculous in his winter coat on one of the hottest days of the year. "They said it would snow today...and look at it! If it's notoriously unpredictable, what's the point in trying to predict it anyway? They might as well just show us pages from Ceefax. As long as it's not the weather page."

Jeremey Winder, Raines's friend agreed. "Yesterday, they said it would tip it down all day. Not a drop. I didn't bother watering my garden - who's going to pay for all my dead geraniums?"

Frank Fogg has the following advice for people who want to out perform the met office. "Don't believe them," he said. "Tomorrow has an eighty percent chance of being like today. And if you want to know what the weather is like right now - look out of a window."

The funny story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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